Armchair Mayor

By: Mel Rothenburger

Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). He continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, and did regular commentary for CBC Radio.

Canada’s new gun laws nothing more than fine tuning

March 21, 2018 - 5:15am Updated: March 21, 2018 - 10:42am

KAMLOOPS — Can you hear it — the exasperation from gun owners at Tuesday’s unveiling of new federal firearms legislation?

The new rules will do nothing to increase public safety, while targeting law-abiding gun owners, says Canada’s National Firearms Association. It’s a first step to bringing back the long-gun registry, they say.

Hit bad drivers in wallet, make training mandatory

March 8, 2018 - 5:00am

The B.C. government’s latest public-input exercise is underway and this time it’s about auto insurance.

The overall objective is logical: make bad drivers pay more for insurance, while good drivers pay less.

Nothing gets people’s attention and modifies behavior like hitting them in the pocket book if they don’t follow the rules. Together with a fine of a couple of thousand dollars for distracted driving, tougher insurance guidelines should make a big difference.

And, we’re being asked for our opinions.

It’s hard to be friends with Trump’s America

March 7, 2018 - 6:10am

KAMLOOPS — It takes years to build a good friendship, and a very short time to destroy one.

Friendship takes trust, loyalty, dependability and honesty. Without those things, friendships quickly wither and die.

Canada has spent 200 years being America’s best friend. Donald Trump is ruining it in one term of office.

Canadians fought side by side with Americans in two World Wars and in the Korean conflict, the Gulf War and Afghanistan.

Will newest, grandest public art project get two thumbs up?

March 3, 2018 - 6:47am

GOOD ON THE CITY for its newest public art project.

I’m a huge fan of public art. This week, councillors were shown plans for putting lipstick on the Lansdowne Street parkade and they were full of praise for what they saw.

“Really striking,” said Arjun Singh. “Really great,” said Donovan Cavers. “I love this,” said Tina Lange.

It’s not easy making a parkade look good but this new concept — a $166,000 one, plus a whole bunch more for other parts of the façade upgrade — passes the test. My test, anyway.